The Fuquay-Varina Fire Department will collect nonperishable food for the Fuquay-Varina Emergency Food Bank through Monday, Dec. 15, at all Fuquay-Varina fire stations and Town Hall. Cash donations also will be accepted to buy food.
The Stevens Nature Center will host activities for kids at Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve, 2616 Kildaire Farm Road, Cary. To register, call 919-387-5980. Here’s the schedule:
• Young Ecologists: Nighttime Nature (ages 10-13): 5-7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 23. $12 for Cary residents, $16 for non-residents.
Fire Station 2
A ground-breaking ceremony for Cary’s Fire Station 2 will be from 3-4 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2, at 601 E. Chatham St. The ceremony with local firefighters and town officials will last about 20 minutes and refreshments will follow. For details, call 919-462-3838 or search for “Fire Station 2” at www.townofcary.org.
Mills Park and Panther Creek Greenway workshop
Cary will host a public workshop on plans for Panther Creek Greenway and the second phase of Mills Park from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, at Fire Station 8, 408 Mills Park Drive.
Christmas tree lighting
Fuquay-Varina’s Christmas tree lighting will be from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, in the parking lot at South Main and East Vance streets. There will be performances by local school groups, visits with Santa Claus and free sleigh rides.
Gingerbread House Competition
Entries for Cary’s fourth annual Gingerbread House Competition will be accepted through Friday, Dec. 5. First place, second, third and People’s Choice award winners will be displayed at the Cary Arts Center and honorable mention winners will be displayed at The Cary. Entry is free. For details, go to www.townofcary.org.
Mad Dash Babysitting
The Cary Teen Council will entertain children from 5:30-9:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5, at the Herbert C. Young Community Center, 101 Wilkinson Ave. Registration is required. To register, call 919-460-4965 or go to www.townofcary.org.
St. Nicholas European Christmas Market
The 7th annual St. Nicholas European Christmas Market will be Friday, Dec. 5, and Saturday, Dec. 6, at Saints Cyril and Methodius Byzantine Catholic Church, 2510 Piney Plains Road, Cary. The market’s events on Friday, from 7-9 p.m., include caroling and a visit from St. Nicholas. On Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., there will be a market, food, Little German Band, vendors and gifts from Poland, Slovakia, Ukraine, Germany, Scandinavia, Italy, Ireland and Mexico. For details, email firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www.facebook.com/SaintNicholasMarket.
‘Frozen’ Family Fun Day
Kids are invited to meet Disney characters and visit Santa at Fuquay-Varina’s “Frozen” Family Fun Day from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, in Centennial Square on the corner of North Main Street and East Academy Street.
Apex Christmas Parade
The Apex Christmas Parade, sponsored by the Apex Rotary Club, will begin at 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, downtown. For details, go to apexrotary.org.
Christmas tree lighting
Cary’s Christmas tree lighting ceremony with local actors, singers and musicians will be at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, on the Town Hall Campus. For details, call 919-469-4061 or go to www.townofcary.org.
Heart of the Holidays Celebration
The Heart of the Holidays Celebration will be Saturday, Dec. 6, throughout Cary. There will be an open house at the Page-Walker Arts & History Center, a Christmas tree lighting ceremony and movie screenings at The Cary. For details on these events, go to www.townofcary.org.
Ole Time Winter Festival
The Heart of Cary Association’s 11th annual Ole Time Winter Festival will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, in downtown Cary. For details, go to www.heartofcary.org.
Triangle Family Services will host the 12th annual Gingerbread Benefit from 11:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7, at The Umstead Hotel and Spa, 100 Woodland Pond Drive, Cary. For details, go to www.tfsnc.org.
Indoor Farmers Market
Holly Springs’ Indoor Farmers Market will be open from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 20, at the Holly Springs Cultural Center, 300 W. Ballentine St. The market will be open from 10 a.m. to noon again Saturday, Feb. 28, and Saturday, March 28.
The Ujima Group and the town of Cary will host the 20th Kwanzaa Celebration on Tuesday, Dec. 30, at the Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave. Doors open at 11 a.m. for the vendor marketplace and Children’s Village. The program and performance by Chuck Davis and the African-American Dance Ensemble begins at 3 p.m.
Hot Chocolate Run
Fit & Able Productions’ Hot Chocolate Run will begin at 10 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 4, on the trails at Fred G. Bond Metro Park, 801 High House Road. Runners and walkers of all ages and skill levels, and dogs, are welcome. Registration for the 5k race costs $20 for competitive runners and $15 for recreational runners; the one-mile race costs $15 for competitive and $10 for recreational; the doggy dash costs $5 with a registered runner. Dogs’ fees benefit the SPCA. For details, go to fitandable.net.